"The island of the hinduist caves" Elephanta Island by SirRichard

Elephanta Island Travel Guide: 130 reviews and 312 photos

Elephanta is a little island in the bay in front of Mumbai, just 1 hour away by boat. It is a nice half day trip, you can disconnect for a while of Mumbai rush, noise and pollution and visit these caves with magnificent examples of hindi statues carved in rock.

It was originally known as “Gharapuri” (Ghara priests island) but the portuguese renamed it in XVIth century after the elephant statue which they found in the harbour…

Its main attraction is the Cave Temple, with the magnificient Shiva Trimurti statue and its many carved columns.

  • Last visit to Elephanta Island: Aug 2001
  • Intro Written Mar 24, 2003
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  • pollon's Profile Photo
    Feb 9, 2005 at 5:18 AM

    good excuse that of the boat leaving for the last price ;-)... and I also know that sort of elephants and carved eggs with an elephant inside bought on one of those stalls... I DO like your page!!! :-)

  • freya_heaven's Profile Photo
    Aug 31, 2004 at 2:31 PM

    Lovely colourful photos, especially the fruit stall. Interesting page. (~_~)

  • DUNK67's Profile Photo
    Jun 7, 2004 at 12:30 PM

    some nice photos and good tips

  • oldmonk_92129's Profile Photo
    Oct 25, 2003 at 8:53 PM

    Another incredible series of pics by SirRichard. I visit my family in Mumbai every year... have not been to elephanta.. Wwll, I have seen most of it through your photographs.

  • jenn_d's Profile Photo
    Oct 2, 2003 at 9:25 AM

    The carved elephant makes a great addition to your shelf...another divine page

  • Aug 15, 2003 at 3:02 AM

    That fruit looks so refreshing and delicious - great snap

  • Bwana_Brown's Profile Photo
    May 31, 2003 at 11:28 AM

    Nice photos and tips on Elephanta Island! The 'thali' meal looks quite appealing!

  • acemj's Profile Photo
    May 31, 2003 at 10:41 AM

    Good tip on bargaining (my boat is leaving!!). The caves look like a great escape from the crowds and a pleasant afternoon.

  • May 22, 2003 at 3:28 PM

    Nice photos... I have never been to India... (: Jim

  • herzog63's Profile Photo
    Apr 9, 2003 at 12:29 AM

    Joaquin, that picture of the Thali brought back such fond memories! I could go back to India just to eat!! I never made it to Mumbai...Next time. What a Great Gift you have ..Watercolors! They are Greater than any photos!

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